About Partners and Sisters Colleen and Maureen
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Sisters and business partners, founder - Colleen Gillies Peterson (right), Maureen Gillies Carbonneau (left), as children always had a passion for and playing dress up! They would have never guessed then, that they would be business partners today. Life is funny that way!
Colleen's love for fashion design led her to Virginia Commonwealth University then to Traphagen School of Design in New York City. To help with finances, Colleen was a "door woman" at the Parkside Evangeline, were she also resided, in Gramercy Park. Needless to say, Colleen has some great stories!
Maureen was deciding between interior design and fashion merchandising when a friend introduced her to The Barbizon School in New York. Of course, not being able to pass up the chance to live in New York and also attend school on Fifth Avenue, Maureen was sold. Maureen worked at Chandlers Shoe store and was impressed at the young age of 18, by all the celebrities that came in and out of the store. When she was short on cash, she would walk the 30 some blocks from Gramercy Park to 57th and 5th. Youth is a wonderful thing! To round out the fashion side of her, Maureen attended Chestnut Hill College for marketing.
In 1987 Colleen found her way back to the Montgomery County area after living in New York City, Paris and Long Island. She then decided to live her dream and opened Harleysville Bridal & Tuxedo Shoppe. Colleen often reflects on her grand opening, "we had 10 bridal gowns and about 50 beautiful flower arrangements, it looked more like a funeral home than a bridal shop". After working for Bonwit Teller, John Wanamaker's and Joshua Slocum, Maureen, then living in the Philadelphia area joined up with Colleen in 1989. "I always knew I would have my own business, never dreamt though it would be a bridal shop" Maureen often comments when asked how she got into the bridal business.
In 2014. Harleysville Bridal & Tuxedo Shoppe merged with Colleen & Maureen's other shop, Page Six...it's haute in Skippack Village. Customers ask why the move/combining the shops. Maureen's reply "we are 28 years older, I don't think I need to say any more". Seriously though, life changes and this was a good move for us. It allows us to do what we love while offering us the flexibility to do more things we love!
Currently we have a new look! New logo, new signage and new collections that represents the modern woman! We are very excited about the future of our business.
Present, 30 plus years of helping thousands of clients with weddings, proms and other special occasions, Colleen and Maureen will proclaim "has been and still is a joy and a blessing, we are grateful everyday"
Currently you will see Maureen in the shop with her fantastic helpers more often than Colleen. Colleen, having a teenager still, does not want to miss out on all the fun ventures that teens have to offer :)